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Old 08-28-2008, 12:43 PM   #1
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Is it possible to get a decent mountain bike for under $200? I haven't been biking in years, I have access to some great dc area trails without even needing to get into a car but I don't want to spend $$$$$$$ for some bike pro's dream bike.

I this one
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Old 08-28-2008, 12:47 PM   #2
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you can get something used, otherwise no.
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Old 08-28-2008, 12:48 PM   #3
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I think you could find the same if not better quality at walmart for that price.
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Old 08-28-2008, 12:50 PM   #4
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If you're looking at a bike that cheap, you probably can't tell the difference between a cheap and quasi-decent bike anyways.

The answer is yes, you can get an ok used mountain bike for $200 to enjoy.
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Old 08-28-2008, 12:51 PM   #5
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Old 08-28-2008, 12:51 PM   #6
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That is a POS.


You can get something like this for not much more $$$:

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...0+Bike+07.aspx


or somthing pretty decent for a little more money like:

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...p+Bike+07.aspx



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Is it possible to get a decent mountain bike for under $200? I haven't been biking in years, I have access to some great dc area trails without even needing to get into a car but I don't want to spend $$$$$$$ for some bike pro's dream bike.

I this one
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Old 08-28-2008, 12:55 PM   #7
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I'd stay away for any new full suspension bike under $1000, let alone for $300.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:00 PM   #8
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Diamondback Coil EX - about $375ish

Its heavier, but most lower end models will be. If you are looking to buy new, in this price range, seems to be a pretty solid choice.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:08 PM   #9
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Look for used hardtails....thats all.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:14 PM   #10
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What is your idea of a trail? A paved bike path, smooth singletrack, rocky trail with some drop-offs?

Actual mountain bikes usually start at around $500. If you look used you might get something decent for $300.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:16 PM   #11
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I'm glad you asked this Rod...I am thinking I'd like one myself...but spending more than a few hundred is retarded.

Unfortunately I need the biggest frames they make to be comfortable, and finding them used in my price range is damn near impossible.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:16 PM   #12
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I'd stay away for any new full suspension bike under $1000, let alone for $300.
Same goes with anything that has a kickstand listed as a key spec.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:27 PM   #13
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http://www.target.com/Forge-Sawback-...%20bike&page=1

Get yourself a 10% off coupon at Target, or free shipping and this can be had for around 300. Check out mtbr.com - this bike gets great reviews there, and no, I'm not joking. For you bike nerds, check the components this thing has - well spec'd for about $200 less than you would expect.
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:28 PM   #14
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I agree, it is about as good as it gets new in this price range.


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http://www.target.com/Forge-Sawback-...%20bike&page=1

Get yourself a 10% off coupon at Target, or free shipping and this can be had for around 300. Check out mtbr.com - this bike gets great reviews there, and no, I'm not joking. For you bike nerds, check the components this thing has - well spec'd for about $200 less than you would expect.
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:37 PM   #15
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What is your idea of a trail? A paved bike path, smooth singletrack, rocky trail with some drop-offs?

Actual mountain bikes usually start at around $500. If you look used you might get something decent for $300.
It will be constantly mixed, dirt, gravel, road...etc.

What makes these bikes better than a huffy for $150?
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:45 PM   #16
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fisher advance is as cheap as i would go for a mtn bike. i rode too hard for it and upgraded to a gt avalanche. frame was too heavy and the geometry was set up for more downhill and i do more xcountry. finally got a fisher hkek and love it, perfect bike. mine is running the avid bb7 disc brakes instead of the hayes hfx9s.

i also have a colnago master x light headed to me for the road
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:50 PM   #17
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Valid Answer #1: No.
Valid Answer #2: if you're willing to buy uesd.
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Old 08-28-2008, 04:03 PM   #18
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I got a Schwinn full suspension bike from Target a few months back for $200. It's been pretty good up until the last time I took it out. It's having a little trouble shifting, but I'm sure it needs some sort of shifter cable adjustment. Considering it was probably slapped together by a bunch of teenagers getting paid minimum wage, it's been good. I've taken it over some pretty rough trails, and it hasn't fallen apart yet.

One thing I've found out about the bikes at Target, Wal Mart, etc. is that they are all made by Pacific Cycle now, so they are all basically the same. The Schwinns at Target and the Mongoose bikes at Wal Mart are pretty much the same bikes.

With that said, I'd look on Craigslist first and see if there is a crazy deal on something local and used. If not, try your luck at your local discount store of your choice.
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Old 08-28-2008, 04:51 PM   #19
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Do Not Get A Dual Suspension Bike For That Pricepoint
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Old 08-28-2008, 05:04 PM   #20
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you can get something used, otherwise no.
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Look for used hardtails....thats all.
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Valid Answer #1: No.
Valid Answer #2: if you're willing to buy uesd.
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Do Not Get A Dual Suspension Bike For That Pricepoint
All of these are 100% correct.

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http://www.target.com/Forge-Sawback-...%20bike&page=1

Get yourself a 10% off coupon at Target, or free shipping and this can be had for around 300. Check out mtbr.com - this bike gets great reviews there, and no, I'm not joking. For you bike nerds, check the components this thing has - well spec'd for about $200 less than you would expect.
That's actually not too bad.

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I got a Schwinn full suspension bike from Target a few months back for $200. It's been pretty good up until the last time I took it out. It's having a little trouble shifting, but I'm sure it needs some sort of shifter cable adjustment. Considering it was probably slapped together by a bunch of teenagers getting paid minimum wage, it's been good. I've taken it over some pretty rough trails, and it hasn't fallen apart yet.

One thing I've found out about the bikes at Target, Wal Mart, etc. is that they are all made by Pacific Cycle now, so they are all basically the same. The Schwinns at Target and the Mongoose bikes at Wal Mart are pretty much the same bikes.

With that said, I'd look on Craigslist first and see if there is a crazy deal on something local and used. If not, try your luck at your local discount store of your choice.
Schwinn, Mongoose, and GT are all owned by Pacific. All three brands still make fairly respectable bikes, but the majority of their offerings are crap. All Pacific branded bikes are crap.
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Old 08-28-2008, 05:05 PM   #21
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If your going hardtail I would get steel. Alum. can be very rigid, steel is much more forgiving and can also take more abuse. The difference in price you see will be the component groups and frame material. I would buy from a bike shop it will be better assembled, you can get properly fitted and you can go back for tune-ups etc.
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Old 08-28-2008, 05:06 PM   #22
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While we're on this topic- the homeless guy at the intersection near work today had a Gary Fisher bike. Aren't those really good - expensive- bikes?
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I'm glad you asked this Rod...I am thinking I'd like one myself...but spending more than a few hundred is retarded.

Unfortunately I need the biggest frames they make to be comfortable, and finding them used in my price range is damn near impossible.
If you are going to ride the bike more than 20 times, it is well worth spending $400. Those $200 bikes are nearly impossible to adjust/maintain, and they are assembled poorly in the first place. They become throw away bikes because they are constantly breaking or needing adjustment.

That said, my $2500 bike is a complete maintenance whore. But, my god, it is a rocket ship.

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Old 08-28-2008, 05:08 PM   #24
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why not cheap dual suspension?
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Old 08-28-2008, 05:10 PM   #25
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Is it possible to get a decent mountain bike for under $200? I haven't been biking in years, I have access to some great dc area trails without even needing to get into a car but I don't want to spend $$$$$$$ for some bike pro's dream bike.
Not new, but you might be able to find one on craigslist for about that. Also, you can look for sales around this time of year. I know Jard and ShannonO have a friend with a bike shop - you might want to ping them.

If you're interested in a used bike, ping me. I have a friend that deals used bikes all the time.

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While we're on this topic- the homeless guy at the intersection near work today had a Gary Fisher bike. Aren't those really good - expensive- bikes?
Not all of them.
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